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Rotterdam: world port city and creative hub

Rotterdam: world port city and creative hub

Rotterdam is one of the most important cities in The Netherlands in terms of art, culture, entertainment and leisure. The leading New York Times and Rough Guide put Rotterdam in the top ten of must-visit cities. Affordable housing; a young creative multicultural population; and a no-nonsense mentality make Rotterdam a great place to live!

Rotterdam has several internationally renowned museums such as the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Nederlands Fotomuseum, the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. There are also several galleries that operate internationally and a remarkable amount of art and design initiatives in which our students and alumni are involved.

Countless events put Rotterdam on the international map. Art Rotterdam, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the World Port Days, Poetry International, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Motel Mozaïque and the Wereld van het Witte de With Kwartier are well-known examples. While studying here, you can take part in these events. Take for example the IFFR: Audiovisual Design students make short films for it, Advertising students do guerrilla actions in the city to attract more visitors, and Leisure Management students and Lifestyle students organise the festival closing party.

The WdKA collaborates extensively with cultural institutions and companies in the city. These include projects in which students, teachers and partners from the city jointly tackle social issues, but they could also be an internship agreement or other types of agreements.

As a last point, Rotterdam’s ‘urban culture’ is not only an important source of ideas during your studies, but is a source of inspiration and a workplace for many of our graduates.

For further information about the city or about finding accommodation in Rotterdam, please visit the website of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the website of the Municipality of Rotterdam, or check out rooms to rent at kamers.startpagina.nl.   

INTERNATIONAL CLASSROOM

Throughout your studies, you will see the Willem de Kooning Academy’s strong international focus. There are trips to exhibitions and demonstrations across the borders, and readings by artists, designers and theoreticians who visit Rotterdam from abroad. There are also project weeks which regularly attract international guest tutors. And our students and tutors have been taking part in workshops and conferences abroad for years.

During your first year of your course, you will visit an international city and, together with students from various majors, you will also visit international art fairs and events.

During your course, you have the opportunity to study at a partner institute abroad for a period of three to five months. Studying abroad gives you a different view of your studies, your artistic development and your qualities. We have agreements with more than 60 prestigious academies worldwide so that you can continue and enrich your study at prestigious academies without delaying your course.

In consultation with your study career coach, you decide when it is the right time for an exchange. This is usually done in the sixth semester. We will help you make the right contacts, support you in your application for an international grant and provide advice about making the necessary business and practical agreements

Bearing an international career in mind, you can also opt for an internship abroad. You choose the internship yourself and we will support you in your choice. Our Rotterdam style direct no-nonsense approach and our modern education mean that you are received abroad with open arms.

For further information about our international activities and exchange programme, contact our International Relations Office at wdka.international@hr.nl and read our special exchange blog extra.wdka.nl/exchange.

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